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Summer Salads: Corn, Tomato, and Avocado
The Easiest (And Yummiest) Summer Salad

Summer is finally here, celebrate the bounty of fruits and veggies with this summer salad: corn, tomato, and avocado!


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Bruschetta con Tomates Secos al Epazote
Bruschetta con Tomates Secos al Epazote

Last summer, I was fortunate enough to get a gift of organically grown, perfectly ripe cherry tomatoes that were harvested by the horticulture students at my local college. I was so excited! For a chef, you see, that is one of the most beautiful gifts you can get!


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Chipotle Tomato Ranchera Sauce
Chipotle Tomato Ranchera Sauce

Sometimes I make irresponsible choices when it comes to summer tomatoes. Since the really good ones are only available for such a short amount of time every year, I want to consume them as often as possible.


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Cuba Libra Granita
Cuba Libre Granita

In the summer of 1898, Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders arrived in San Juan Hill in Santiago de Cuba. The United States would remain in Cuba until 1902 and Coca-Cola quickly followed behind them.


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Papaya Salad with Kiwi Dressing
Papaya Salad with Kiwi Lime Dressing

Summer is salad season for a reason, fresh fruit is at its peak and waiting to be showcased on your plate. So take advantage of the surplus of fresh fruit to add layers to your next salad.


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Chimichurri Steak Pinchos
Chimichurri Steak Pinchos

The summer is a time when you fire up the grill and start the season off right with a parrillada full of, you guessed it, pinchos.


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Salmon Salad
Light Salmon Salad

During hot summer days we tend to eat lighter meals. And most at-home cooks prefer not to turn on the oven. Therefore our best options are either grilled dishes (outdoors) or cold, fresh meals.


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Brown Rice Salad
Brown Rice Salad

Here in Texas, the hot summer days can be brutal, so I prefer to keep my weekday lunches light. Nothing too heavy, bulky or any meal where I am forced to crank the oven on and heat up my tiny kitchen.


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Dulce de Leche and Coconut Popsicles
Dulce de Leche and Coconut Popsicles

Let me begin by telling you that these are, by far, the best popsicles (paletas) that I've ever made!  Plus, the recipe ranks among my easiest, consisting of just two ingredients, and requires very little kitchen effort.


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Grilled Lamb Chops with Romesco Sauce
Grilled Lamb Chops with Romesco Sauce

Romesco is a traditional sauce from Tarragona in the Southern Andalucian region of Spain. Similar to pesto, romesco is usually made of pulverized nuts, olive oil, tomatoes, and bread.


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